proper perspective BY TIM HYLAND
the crushing realization that they had
been left for dead—and nobody was
coming to save them.
It was a situation that no human
should have survived. And yet Parrado
did more than that, hiking out of the
mountains to find help and emerging as
possibly the singular hero of one of the
greatest survival stories ever—a story
immortalized not only in Piers Paul
Read’s 1973 book, Alive: The Story of
the Andes Survivors, but also the 1993
film (actor Ethan Hawke portrayed
Parrado), and, most recently, Parrado’s
own nonfiction account, Miracle in the
Andes, published in 2006.
For the past 15 years, Parrado has
shared his story on the speaking circuit
as one of the industry’s most successful,
sought-after and inspiring motivational
speakers. In appearances throughout the
United States, Europe, Asia, Australia
and Latin America, Parrado has transfixed even the most jaded audiences
with a simple message: Life should be
lived, savored, loved and appreciated.
We should all have the proper perspective on our short time here on earth.
We should be happy, above all, that
we are alive. Parrado also will share
his message with 2009 NSA Annual
Convention attendees as a general session presenter on Monday, July 20.
“True crisis is being left
alone at 18,000 feet up in
the Andes with no coats, no water, no
food, no search and rescue on the way.
That’s a crisis,” Parrado explains. “So,
if you lose your job? Well, you’ll find
another. At least, you’re alive. I think
I’ve had issues like everyone else in the
past 36 years. But I haven’t had
Parrado hiked through the rugged chilean
Andes terrain in freezing temperatures to
seek help for the plane crash survivors.